Shimla: National Bank of Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) will adopt villages for developing as Herbal villages to promote herbal cultivation in Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, said today.
NABARD had already adopted 20 villages in Himachal Pradesh while 40 more villages were likely to be adopted by the bank under Village Development Plan.
Prof Dhumal said that such an initiative of the bank would motivate farmers to go for herbal cash crop cultivation and strengthen the rural economy. He said that a massive herbal plantation campaign had been launched in the state and farmers were being provided free herbal plants for cultivation in their private land.
Chief Minister appreciated the cooperation extended to the state government by the outgoing Chief General Manager of NABARD ST Raghuraman in getting sanctioned various schemes for the State which had revolutionized the agriculture sector. He welcomed the new incumbent Arjun Ratnoo to the state and hoped that he would follow the foot steps of his predecessor. He assured him all help from the state government in carrying forward with banking activities in the State.